Courtesy of the good folks at Billboard, here are this week’s Albums & Singles charts:
Top 20 Albums:
1) Welcome To The Dollhouse-Danity Kane
2) Now That’s What I Call Music 27-Various Artists
3) Trilla-Rick Ross
4) Mail On Sunday-FloRida
5) Sleep Through The Static-Jack Johnson
6) Hannah Montana 2 Soundtrack/Meet Miley Cyrus-Miley Cyrus
7) Ego Trippin’-Snoop Dogg
8) Taylor Swift-Taylor Swift
9) Little Voice-Sara Bareilles
10) Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert-Miley Cyrus
11) Alvin & The Chipmunks-Soundtrack
12) Jonas Brothers-Jonas Brothers
13) As I Am-Alicia Keys
14) Good Time-Alan Jackson
15) Carnival Ride-Carrie Underwood
16) Kidz Bop 13-Various Artists
17) Discipline-Janet Jackson
18) The Odd Couple-Gnarls Barkley
19) Coco-Colbie Caillait
20) Radio Disney Jams 10-Various Artists
Top 20 Singles:
1) Bleeding Love-Leona Lewis
2) Love in this Club-Usher feat. Young Jeezy
3) Sexy Can I-Ray J. & Yung Berg
4) With You-Chris Brown
5) Love Song-Sara Bareilles
6) No Air-Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
7) Low-FloRida feat. T-Pain
8) Don’t Stop The Music-Rihanna
9) Lollipop-Li’l Wayne
10) Shortie Get Loose-Lil’ Mama feat. Chris Brown & T-Pain
11) Apologize-Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
12) Stop & Stare-OneRepublic
13) Superstar-Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
14) See You Again-Miley Cyrus
15) Touch My Body-Mariah Carey
16) Independent- Webbie feat. Li’l Phat & Li’l Boosie
17) No One-Alicia Keys
18) Sorry-Buckcherry
19) Elevator-FloRida feat. Timbaland
20) New Soul-Yael Naim
*Off the chart, the big news is the loud thudding sound made by “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson’s compilation album “Music Club Vol. 1”, which debuted at #50 last week and drops to #137 this week. This development raises two questions: 1) in light of “Idol” finalists with far more impressive sales pedigrees getting relieved of their contracts, is The Dawg going to receive the same unceremonious boot? and 2) Why do I feel like the *other* Randy Jackson (brother of Michael and Janet) could put out an album right now and have a similar or better response at the cash registers?
*Brit newcomer Leona Lewis enjoys an impressive move to #1 on the charts this week, but her happiness will be short lived, as Mariah Carey (at #15) will see a sales lift next week due to “Touch My Body”‘s iTunes availability. If Mariah makes it to the top, it will be her 18th chart topper, jumping her ahead of Elvis Presley into 2nd place as the artist with the most #1 singles in history (The Beatles are #1, with 20)
*Gnarls Barkley enjoy an impressive #18 debut with only about a half-week of sales, as their sophomore effort, “The Odd Couple” didn’t arrive in record stores until Thursday or Friday, two to three days after the tracking week began.
*Chris Brown manages the impressive feet of scoring three songs in the Top 10 this week, a feat that was most recently accomplished by T-Pain last year. Mr. Pain is no slouch himself, with two songs in the Top 10, including one shared with Mr. Brown
*Lil’ Mama, believe it or not, is only the fourth female rapper to score two Top Ten hits on the pop chart. The others? Li’l Kim, Da Brat and Missy Elliott.
*Nice week to be Diddy, eh? Not only was the L.A. Times story that implicated him in Tupac’s 1994 shooting revealed to be a fraud, but his proteges Danity Kane enter the charts at #1 for the second time, making them the only female act to debut at #1 with two consecutive albums. Next week, Puff’s boy-band counterpart, Day26, will ALSO enter the charts at the top with their debut. Expect to see lots of Puffy smiling with those little-ass teeth!!